By providing all the building engineering services for this project, Beca was able to focus on the development of whole building design solutions, aiming to reduce construction cost and duration while preserving flexibility and the owner's quality aims.
Gandaria City is a mixed use development in Jakarta, Indonesia. Covering 650,000m2, it comprises two 34-storey apartment towers with provision for two more towers, a 32-storey office tower (Gandaria 8), a 300-room five-star hotel, a six-storey retail and entertainment podium and extensive basement and above-ground parking. The project is one of the largest to date by the Pakuwon Jati Group.
Gandaria City incorporates a 300m long glazed double storey indoor entertainment and eateries 'street'. This is further complemented with major foodcourt and entertainment areas, and a 3,500m2 convention centre to house concerts, exhibitions and events.
Beca provided structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design, and faced multiple technical challenges during the design phase, such as:
- Sheer size - six towers on a 4.5ha podium and basement
- Accommodating four components - apartments, hotel, office and retail
- Catering to multiple users of infrastructure
- Strata titles and multiple ownership issues
- Staged construction
- Designing complex structures in a seismically active area
- Designing extensive onsite services infrastructure works including a 20,000 volt distribution to electrical substations at each building
- Limited infrastructure and utilities available from the city.
Gandaria City is designed to be relatively self-contained, with on site water and wastewater treatment plants, and water recycling for irrigation and cooling. A central LPG station and power plants, totalling 36 MW of electricity generation give full back-up power to the complex.
Beca has led the way in Indonesia in environmentally sustainable designs. We managed a green building certification application to the Singapore BCA that resulted in Pakuwon Jati gaining 'GreenMark Gold' status for the office building, becoming the first in Indonesia.